Free Poetry Workshop in East Kingston November 9, 2019

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Attention:
Poetry Society of New Hampshire Members and non-member adult and high school poets

Poetry Workshop

Free to All! [Poetry Society Members/ others welcome to join as members]

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Location:  East Kingston Public Library – 47 Maplevale Road, East Kingston, NH

Time:  11:00 am – 3:00 pm

  • Bring a bag lunch and beverage
  • Bring a notebook and pen/pencil
  • Experienced and beginner poets welcome!

Workshop Facilitator – Bob Moore

Bob Moore is the author of several volumes of poetry, contributor to poetry journals, a songwriter and accomplished musician, guitar instructor, has several music CDs and is a science teacher in Pelham, NH. Bob is a member of the Poetry Society of New Hampshire.

Bob will lead participants in poetry exercises including:

  • Writing a persona poem
  • Writing a memory poem

There will be opportunity for voluntary sharing and constructive feedback

Workshop Coordinator – Julie A. Dickson [Richter]

Julie A. Dickson is a Poetry Society of New Hampshire member, poet and writer of young adult fiction, author of several books and contributor to poetry journals.

If you are interested in attending this workshop or have questions, please email:

Jdickson55@yahoo.com

August 18: Ala Khaki at the Lakes Gallery at Chi-Lin

All readings in the Poetry Summer Sundays series are free & open to all, including poetry lovers and doubters. Directions to the Lakes Gallery at Chi-Lin

Ala Khaki:   “A Poetic Return to the Persian Garden”
August 18, at 4:00 pm

​In celebration of A Garden Dream Exhibit poet Ala Khaki will discuss the role of “Garden” in Persian art and life, both as a multi-dimensional metaphor and a physical place of serenity, and read thematic poems from classic and modern Persian poets in Farsi and English.

Ala Khaki, an Iranian American poet, is the author of two poetry collections, “Calling the Dawn” (“Sahar Khani” in Farsi), and “Return” (BookSurge Publishing.)  His poems have appeared in Iranian and American literary journals and anthologies including “The Book Review (Barrasi e Ketab),” “Feather (Par),” “Thought and Imagination (Andishe va Khial),” “The Poets’ Touchstone,” “The Worcester Review,” “The 2010 Poets’ Guide to New Hampshire,” and “Poets Showcase: An Anthology of New Hampshire Poets.”  In 1981, Ala Khaki was the subject of a documentary film titled “Resident Exile” by the celebrated documentary filmmaker and director Ross McElwee.

 

August 8, 2019: Rodger Martin and Robert Crawford Reading at Frost Farm

The Robert Frost Farm’s Hyla Brook Reading Series features Rodger Martin, along with Frost Farm Poetry Director and Derry Poet Laureate Robert Crawford, on Thursday, August 8, 6:30-8:30pm. 

The series, held at the Frost Farm located at 122 Rockingham Rd (Rt 28), is free and open to the public. An Open Mic follows the readings and all audience members are invited to share their work. 

Martin’s new book of poems in two languages: For All The Tea in Zhōngguó was released earlier this year.  His third poetry volume, The Battlefield Guide, (Hobblebush) uses locations on battlefields of the Civil War to reflect upon America today. Small Press Review selected The Blue Moon Series (Hobblebush), as its bi-monthly pick of the year. A translation of his work, On The Monadnock, appeared in China in 2006. Martin has received an Appalachia poetry award, an N.H. State Council on the Arts Fiction Fellowship, a series of Bruce Kellner/Monadnock Fellowships, and fellowships from The National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2012, he was chosen as poet to represent the U.S. at Hangzhou, China’s international cultural festival. He returned in 2015 to read and lecture on poetry at Nanjing University and Shanghai University of International Business and Economics. His poem, “The Anchor,” was etched in stone at a reflecting pool at Shanghai University for International Business and Economics. He serves as co-editor for The Granite State Poetry Series, and teaches journalism at Keene State College and co-advises its award-winning student newspaper, The Equinox 

Also, appearing is Robert Crawford, Director of Frost Farm Poetry, and Derry’s first poet laureate. Crawford has published two books of poetry, The Empty Chair (2011, Richard Wilbur Award), and Too Much Explanation Can Ruin a Man (2005). His sonnets have twice won the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award. His poems have appeared in many national journals including The FormalistFirst ThingsDark HorseThe Raintown ReviewThe LyricMeasureLight and Forbes. He co-founded the Hyla Brook Poets, and is a long-time member of the Powow River Poets of Newburyport, MA. He lives in Chester, NH, with his wife, the poet Midge Goldberg. 

The last Hyla Brook Reading Series event of the season is Thursday, Sept. 12, with a reading by Patrick Donnelly. 

Through September, the Hyla Brook Poets’ monthly writing workshop meets on the third Saturday of the month at 10am at its summer home at the Frost Farm, before moving to the Derry Public Library. 

About Frost Farm Poetry

Under the leadership of Robert W. Crawford, Derry Poet Laureate, Frost Farm Poetry’s mission is to support the writing and teaching of metrical poetry. The Hyla Brook Poets started in 2008 as a monthly poetry workshop. In March 2009, the monthly Hyla Brook Reading Series launched with readings by emerging poets as well as luminaries such as Maxine Kumin, Sharon Olds and Richard Blanco. From there, the Frost Farm Poetry Prize for metrical poetry was introduced in 2010, with the Frost Farm Conference beginning in 2015. 

For further information, email hylabrookpoets@gmail.com, or visit www.frostfarmpoetry.org or facebook.com/HylaBrookPoets or twitter.com/HylaBrookPoets

Ben Moeller-Gaa Wins Haiku Foundation Award

Wishbones’ trophy (photo courtesy of the Haiku Foundation)

Wishbones, a collection of haiku and senryu by PSNH member Ben Moeller-Gaa, recently won the Haiku Foundation’s 2018 Touchstone Distinguished Books Award. The judges also commended PSNH member Jessi Graustein for her calligraphic treatment of Ben’s poems. Two poems from the book were reprinted in the Autumn 2018 issue of The Poets’ Touchstone (pg. 16-17). You may also read samples and the judges’ comments at the Folded Word website.

Tammi J. Truax Named Poet Laureate of Portsmouth

In April, the Portsmouth Poet Laureate Program announced that PSNH member Tammi J. Truax would serve as their 12th Poet Laureate of Portsmouth. Her term will span 2019-2021. Truax works with young readers and writers at a Portsmouth elementary school and as a Connections program facilitator for the NH Humanities Council teaching new adult readers. She is an MEd candidate in school librarianship. She is also serving as the Maine Beat Poet Laureate for 2018-2020.

Her latest novel in verse, For to See the Elephant (Piscataqua Press, 2019), tells the story of an enslaved boy tasked with caring for the first elephant brought to America. Upon arrival in the city of New York, he and the elephant are sold together and spend decades walking through the country until the day they can be together no longer. The realities of William’s life and the lives of elephants forced to live away from their herd and home are realistically portrayed. The novel, based on real events, is told in a series of poems and incorporates songs, news clippings and diary entries from the period. Much of the story is set in Maine and New Hampshire. A book launch will be held at the Portsmouth Public Library on June 29 at 2 PM.

Jimmy Pappas wins RATTLE Chapbook Contest

The Poetry Society of New Hampshire wishes to announce that Jimmy Pappas has been selected as one of three winners of the Rattle Chapbook Contest. For the 2019 Rattle Chapbook Prize, editors received 1,404 entries, then selected three winners. Each winning poet will receive $2000. Each of their chapbooks will be distributed to all 7000 subscribers, beginning with the Fall 2019 issue of Rattle. Jimmy’s chapbook will be sent out next March 2020. To read the full announcement at Rattle, including profiles of all three winners, click here.